The government initiates an anganwadi-based programme to track and assist children with disabilities.
The Indian government has launched a new national protocol aimed at training anganwadi workers to identify and assist children with disabilities. The protocol is part of the Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi programme, which advocates for a play-based and activity-based learning approach for all children, including those with disabilities. The goal of the protocol is to improve early detection and intervention for preventable disabilities and to ensure that all children have access to quality education.
The anganwadi ecosystem, which engages over eight crore children daily from birth to six years, serves as a crucial access point for nurturing the foundation of the country's children.
The Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi programme aligns with the National Education Policy 2020, which prioritises integrating divyang students into mainstream schools.
The National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage 2022 and the Draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (2021) stress early detection and intervention for preventable disabilities.
The anganwadi protocol is the first instance of anganwadi workers raising awareness on this issue.
The initiative aims to leverage grassroots-level data collected by anganwadi workers, facilitating tracking through the Poshan tracker.
The program's targeted focus on enhancing the skills of 13.9 lakh anganwadi centres reflects a commitment to fortifying the foundation for India's future generations.